Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

At the terrier family reunion while all my cousins are chasing around the yard, I’ll be watching with a slightly dignified air. I might join in for a short romp, but generally my demeanor is much mellower than other terriers. I do like to play, especially with kids, but I also enjoy a nice cuddle. My thoughtful nature makes me a good therapy dog.

Training is fairly easy, though be prepared for some pushback. I do need a good deal of daily exercise, such as a brisk walk or spirited yard game. I can tolerate weather extremes but dislike the rain. I’m usually a good fit for new dog owners and apartments, and I can handle being alone. I will dig like a terrier, but my bark is less frequent.

I’m trim and muscular, standing 17 to 19 inches tall and weighing 30 to 40 pounds. My coat is long and silky, unlike that of other terriers, and after being born fairly dark I will lighten to various shades of wheaten. I’m a light shedder, and people with allergies often tolerate me well. My distinctive look does require more care than most terriers. Daily brushing keeps me soft; less frequent attention lends a scruffier appearance. Trimming every 8 weeks will maintain my lines.

I’m a fairly long-lived breed at 12 to 14 years, but I do have potential health problems. Major issues are PLE and PLN protein wasting diseases. Less common concerns include renal dysplasia, allergies, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, vWD blood clotting disorder, and heart problems.